Did you know that May is National Mental Health Awareness Month? Collectively, our mental health has suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us have been at the forefront working alongside our volunteers or getting things ready for their return. It has been a long journey and while there seems to be great progress, we are tired!
So today, in the spirit of mental health awareness, I'm here to say to you it's ok to not be ok. Take time to be kind to yourself and be kind to one another. We have a wonderful community here that can support and uplift one another so please, use it! There is so much to look forward to, and your friends and colleagues at AL!VE can help see us all through. If you are looking for information about National Mental Health Awareness Month or mental health-related resources, visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) here.
I know I look forward to connecting with each and every one of you through our various programs, so please reach to me if I can support you in any way! I hope to see you at the AL!VE Networking Social on May 27th, so please come and join me in taking a break and having a good time!
Lastly, a heartfelt congratulations to all those that achieved their Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA)! What an accomplishment! I am honored to share these credentials with you, and I know you worked so hard to earn those three letters. Display them proudly!
Stay safe and healthy everyone, Megan
Welcome to our new members!
(as of May 13, 2021)
Thank you to renewing members!
Member Since: 06/05/2009
Member Since: 06/09/2009
Trina Mayhan-Webb, MA, CVA
Member Since: 10/05/2010
Member Since: 11/06/2012
Amy Pinger Harvesters
Member Since: 12/02/2012
Member Since: 06/24/2015
Jared McCannell, CVA
Member Since: 11/04/2015
Member Since: 05/25/2016
Member Since: 06/27/2016
Member Since: 08/24/2016
Member Since: 03/06/2017
Member Since: 03/09/2018
Member Since: 04/19/2018
Member Since: 11/06/2018
Member Since: 11/18/2018
Member Since: 04/29/2019
Member Since: 04/30/2019
Member Since: 05/14/2019
Member Since: 05/23/2019
Member Since: 05/28/2019
Member Since: 06/21/2019
Lori Jean Mantooth
Member Since: 06/28/2019
Member Since: 01/22/2020
Member Since: 03/18/2020
James Rice III
Member Since: 05/20/2020
Astrid Maldonado-De Jesus
Member Since: 06/24/2020
Member Since: 06/25/2020
Nicole R Smith
Member Since: 07/08/2020
AL!VE Member Welcome Webinars
New to AL!VE or just want to check in?
Next Member Welcome Webinar:
June 16, 1 PM Eastern
Find out what's happening or get a quick fix of networking with your peers! New members will get a brief overview of our mission, benefits, activities and committees...
Calendar of Events Import
AL!VE Rural Programs Communities of Practice, 2PM ET/ 11am PT
Local Associations PDW: Virtual Volunteer Fairs: How our Local Association Had A Successful Virtual Volunteer Fair!
5/19, 2 PM E: Informational Webinar: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Real Impact for the Real World
Volunteer Engagement Check-In: Bringing Volunteers Back
AL!VE COP Book Club: Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People March 16-May 25
5/25, 2 PM E: Informational Webinar: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Real Impact for the Real World
AL!VE Networking Event- May 27, 6 PM ET/ 3 PM PT
CCVA Information Sessions for 2021 CVA Candidates
Bonus June AL!VE Academy: 9 Years and Counting: Lessons Learned from a Virtual Volunteer Program
6/7, 2 PM E: Informational Webinar: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Real Impact for the Real World
MAVA’s Virtual Volunteer Engagement Leadership Conference: In With the BOLD
6/15 AL!VE Community of Practice - Job Transitioning and Leveling Up 1 PM P / 4 PM E
AL!VE Member Welcome Webinar June 16, 2021 1 PM Eastern
6/18, 1 PM E: Informational Webinar: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Real Impact for the Real World
6/22/21 AL!VE Health Care Communities of Practice Meeting Noon Eastern
June AL!VE Academy The Volunteer Value Proposition: Capturing Numbers and Impact Presented by Dr. Sue Carter Kahl
Volunteer Management Hybrid Conference Registration Now Open!
Host Site Registration Now Open - Click Here!
Individual Registration Opens Soon
7th Annual Volunteer Managers Hybrid Conference
October 19 (Pacific/Mountain) or 20 (Central or Eastern)
Learn more at an informational session:
Host & Moderator: Faiza Venzant, CVA
May 19, 2 PM E or May 25, 2 PM E
Faiza Venzant CVA is the Executive Director of the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration and General Manager, Volunteer Development at the YMCA of Greater Toronto. With 20 years of leadership experience in volunteer engagement, she continues this work with a goal of centering community amongst the profession, improving equity and access to volunteerism and increasing diversity amongst professional leaders of volunteers. In 2018, Faiza published her first children’s book entitled, My Mamma Wants to Eat Me Up! As a mother of two young boys, she has not actually eaten any of her children up.
This year's Presenters are...
Congratulations to AL!VE Members !
Cheers to our AL!VE members who recently sat for the Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA) exam and passed!
Your dedication to our field is admirable. Congratulations on this significant achievement!
AL!VE CVA Study Group Sign Ups Now Open for Fall 2021 Exam
AL!VE is excited to announce a fall session of a weekly one-hour virtual study series for members working towards their Certification in Volunteer Administration exam (CVA). read more...
The study group is a benefit for members with a full AL!VE membership who are preparing for the fall 2021 exam. The group will be led by facilitators who have earned their CVA certification.
Upcoming AL!VE Academy Webinars
These monthly professional development webinars are available FREE to all AL!VE members, including Local Association memberships. These sessions are recorded, and the slide deck & recording can be accessed on the members only side of our website. From the member menu, choose 'Resources' tab and then File Archive.
Special Additional Session - Hot Topic: 9 Years and Counting: Lessons Learned from a Virtual Volunteer Program
Presenter: by Michele Wiesner
June 4 @ 3pm E: Register Here
The Volunteer Value Proposition: Capturing Numbers and Impact
Presenter: Sue Carter-Kahl. PhD.
June 23, 1 PM E Register Here.
Have an idea or would like to present for a future webinar? Learn more here.
Communities of Practice - New COP added!
Join a Community of Practice!
The AL!VE Communities of Practice (COP) Program is designed to give AL!VE members networking and educational opportunities within their field of expertise. Led by AL!VE members and field experts, it is a time to share experiences, resources and recommendations with fellow AL!VE members. If you'd like to lead a COP in an area not listed below, contact us!
For more information about each COP, visit our COP webpage.
New! Animal Welfare COP
The COP - Animal Welfare is designed to include a broad range of animal welfare organizations such as animal shelters, rescue groups, foster-based programs, sanctuaries, direct care for animals, and humane education programs. The objective of this COP is to connect volunteer engagement professionals within these organizations to share resources and best practices.
Two more new COP's coming soon:
Local Associations Webinar May 18
Professional Development for Local Association Leadership, Boards, etc.
If your Local Association (DOVIA, AVA, DOV, etc) is an AL!VE Local Association member, or if you belong to a Local Association, please read and pass along these updates! For more information about joining AL!VE as a Local Association, learn more here.
Our next offering:
May 18, 3:30 PM Eastern. Register here.
Virtual Volunteer Fairs: How our Local Association Had A Successful Virtual Volunteer Fair!
Join Jessica Dennes from SAVMA (Southern Arizona Volunteer Managers Association) as she outlines the process SAVMA took to produce a successful virtual volunteer fair in the fall of 2020.
As volunteer roles transition, change, or remain online, this is a great way to expand your recruitment base in an efficient and fun way in your community, involving a variety of opportunities from your local association's membership.
During this presentation, Jessica will outline:
Advocacy Sub Committee Seeks Volunteers
AL!VE is updating our Professional Standards and we're looking for volunteers to help us. We published professional standards in 2012 which reflect and guide effective practice for engaging and leading volunteers. You can find the current Professional Standards here.
Times have changed, volunteer engagement has changed, volunteer management has changed, and it's time to update these Standards to reflect current volunteer engagement and management. If you're interested in helping with this important Standards Project, please email Emilie Bromet-Bauer, Advocacy Committee Chair.
News For The Profession
Check out these headlines from our home page news feed!
New Member Benefit Now Available!
For AL!VE Members with a full membership, you now have access to a great new member benefit:
Announcing the Portfolio Manager!
What is it? A convenient way to store your professional development certificates, transcripts, and the like. Any .pdf, .jpg, picture, or the like can be stored here. This will be stored for the duration of your membership. If you currently hold a CVA, you'll be able to keep all your PDU's in once place, electronically.
How does it work? When you access the members' only side of the AL!VE Website, scroll to the bottom of the page and locate your membership information. On the far right, you'll see the 'Portfolio Manager'
Has Your Membership Information Changed?
We're updating our member database to enhance our member networking benefit!
When you register or access the members only system, you will be prompted to fill out the member skills database. As this database grows you can search our membership to connect with a colleague regarding a specific skill - such as board development, social media, or fundraising. Please take five minutes and update your skills on our database. You can also go in an edit at any time.
PS: Check to make sure messages from AL!VE aren't going in the spam folder.
Questions? Contact Us!
We are here for you! Please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.volunteeralive.org. While you are there, you can also:
Read the latest news about the profession
Submit a calendar or news item
Check out the resources page
Find volunteer opportunities